do you have to block a knitted garment everytime you wash it? or is it just for the first wash?
By - saigeblob
For socks, you'd usually only block to take a picture the first time. Otherwise no blocking is needed.
how do i dry them? am i able to hang em after squeezing out some water or do i have to do it flat everytime? sorry im a newbie!
For me I just squeeze/press gently in a towel (no wringing) then lay them flat to dry on my radiators while off, to give airflow. I don't hang mine usually. A fan can help dry them faster.
my grandma made me a couple of socks. I treated them like all my other socks.
It depends on what kind of yarn your working with. Acrylic yarns that have been steam blocked will never change.
Cotton and wool yarns that have been wet blocked will have to be stretched out to dry every time.
I've never knit with linen but I would imagine it's the same.
But this is really more for sweaters. Honestly I never block socks, even if it's a test knit and the designer needs pictures 😂. I just slip them on and let my feet stretch out the lace so it's shown to it's best advantage and I've never had any problems!
im using wool! thank u!!!! noted!!
Wool socks are awesome! Honestly, all mine go through the washer and dryer and are fine. You have to be careful that wool doesn't get felted, but I always make sure they go through a lighter wash (not the heavy load on hot water) and it's never been and issue. Ditto with the dryer - don't blast them with high heat for two hours and they'll be fine! Then I let my feet block them next time I wear them 😉
An important caveat: assuming they are superwash wool! Non-superwash wool should never go in the dryer
I just googled and it turns out most of my socks are superwash. I use a lot of Patons Kroy sock yarn and nothing on it ever said superwash, but google shows that it is! So thanks for pointing that out! The couple wool sweaters I've knit have always been babied, but I've never worried much about my socks. Turns out I was just lucky 😂
Yep Patons Kroy is superwash. Most yarns that market themselves as sock yarns will be superwash, most people don’t want to deal with special care requirements for socks, but if they don’t specifically say then it’s always best to check and be safe!
i dont have a dryer (but of course a washer) so should i dry em flat or hang em? i heard horror stories of people hanging their knitted garments and waking up to their garments stretched like crazy
It depends on what kind of yarn you're working with. Superwash wool is not as "grabby" as normal wool. Regular wool clings to itself, but superwash is processed to make it smoother. It doesn't cling as much and can grow more than regular wool. Cotton will stretch when wet, but not as much. I always lay all my knits out to dry, or if I do hang it I don't just pin the top of the sweater to a clothes line. I drape it across an expanding clothes rack and make sure there several supporting rods under it. Socks probably won't have a issue if you hang them by the cuffs, but they also won't take much longer to dry if you lay them on a towel.
alright thank you! i was just super nervous, it was my first time getting pricey handdyed superwash wool and first time washing it i just didn't wanna mess it up ahaha thank you so much!
I only wear handknit socks now and whenever I was them (on a gentle cycle with cold water) I just hang them on a laundry rack I have that I can fit 20 pairs on. They aren't big enough that you'll run into an issue with them stretching out, whereas if you drape a wet sweater over a single rod then yeah, gravity can hurt you. Some of my pairs I've had for over ten years and they still wear well.
thank u! i think i need to get some sort of laundry rack now heh
You do not have to block them. In fact, you have to know that blocking can take away quite a bit of the original stretchiness ("bounce") of your fabric. So, except it's a lace shawl, you will want to avoid doing that too often.
As your feet are always warm and damp, you will "block" them as you wear them anyway.
I machine wash and dry my super wash wool blend socks. My non-washable wool socks, I hand wash and lay flat to dry.
My superwash socks I wash on gentle cycle with bras and the like and hang them on the drying rack to dry. I haven’t had any felt that way (even when the occasional non-superwash sneaks it’s way in). Detergent is harsh and not ideal for knits, but the way my husband’s feet sweat makes it necessary. In general, sock yarn is hard-wearing and does not need to be babied.
Blocking isn't strictly necessary, but pure oil socks do benefit from hair drying on a pair of socks blockers to dry quickly and help prevent shrinking/felting. But most sock yarn contains some nylon or other material in it that makes this unnecessary. My socks made with sock yarn go through the washer and dryer just like all of my other socks
I am not kind to my knitted socks. I wash and tumble dry in my dryer. It isn't recommended for wool because it can cause them to felt, but I do it occasionally anyway. The ones I've knitted out of synthetic yarn are washer and dryer friendly already.